July 27, 2017

Governor Jerry Brown Extends Climate Change Bill 10 Years

“California’s landmark climate change legislation has now been extended until 2030 with the stroke of Governor Jerry Brown’s pen in a ceremony on Treasure Island Tuesday. ” — Leslie Brinkley, ABC7 News

June 16, 2017

Nissan Brazil Ends Initial Tests of Ethanol Fuel Cell

“Nissan was the auto industry’s first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol. By combining this and two other technologies (electric motor and a 24 kW/h battery) range is in excess of 600km (375 miles).” — Fernando Calmon, Just-Auto.com

June 14, 2017

$45B annual windfall for US consumers with a gasoline-engine overhaul?

“In Washington, the US Patent & Trademark Office has just issued a “notice of allowance” for a patent by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for a high efficiency, high compression engine that would reduce the cost per mile for the American driver by 26.2 percent, compared to using straight gasoline and a conventional engine.” […]

June 6, 2017

Urban Air Initiative Says EPA May Be Biggest Advocate For Ethanol

“Washington D.C. – June 5, 2017 – In plot twist [sic] that may open the door to higher ethanol blends, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received an engine patent it has been pursuing for nearly a decade for a high efficiency, high compression engine that uses blends such as E30. ” — Biofuels Journal

May 24, 2017

India moving beyond oil as seeks alternatives to OPEC

“By Dmitry Zhdannikov, Ernest Scheyder and Nidhi Verma VIENNA/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – OPEC production cuts and the prospect of more expensive oil are pushing India to consider U.S. and Canadian suppliers, as well as encouraging it to turn to renewable energy, the country’s petroleum and natural gas minister said on Monday. Dharmendra Pradhan made the comments in Vienna ahead of OPEC’s meeting this […]

April 24, 2017

Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet: Ethanol Still Necessary

“‘Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ The famous quote attributed to Mark Twain fits these days as it relates to the national interest in reducing carbon emissions. Without question, we are seeing a de-emphasis on lowering carbon at the federal level, but it does not mean the issue is going away or that […]

April 19, 2017

ASTM Calls New 100 Octane Fuel Spec “Groundbreaking”

“ASTM announced the completion of a groundbreaking new standard that supports 100 octane fuel. The D8076 standard responds to an effort by engine manufacturers and others to create a broadly accepted specification for this higher-octane fuel which can withstand higher compressions before igniting, thus extracting more energy from a given quantity of fuel. ” — […]